Yankees update: LeMahieu shows progress in recovery with on-field work

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Positive strides are being made in DJ LeMahieu’s recovery! According to YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits, he’s already hitting and fielding ground balls. However, there’s a caution that his lateral movement remains limited.

Yankees Infielder DJ LeMahieu makes progress in recovery

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As said before, the New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is showing positive signs in his recovery, according to YES Network’s Meredith. LeMahieu has begun hitting and taking ground balls, but remains limited in his lateral movement.

This news offers encouragement to Yankees fans hoping for LeMahieu’s return sooner rather than later. The veteran second baseman missed significant time last season due to a toe injury.

What happened with DJ LeMahieu?

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DJ LeMahieu, the veteran third baseman for the New York Yankees, was initially expected to be ready for the start of the 2023 season on April 5. However, his return to action has been delayed due to a significant bone bruise on his right foot, which he sustained after fouling a ball off it on March 16.

Last week, the situation took a more serious turn when LeMahieu was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right foot. Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed this diagnosis on Saturday, as reported by MLB writer Bryan Hoch. The fracture, located on the top of LeMahieu’s foot, was discovered after he underwent a second MRI on Friday in Tampa, Florida. The initial MRI taken after the injury was inconclusive due to swelling.

Boone stated that DJ LeMahieu will be re-evaluated in two weeks, and while an April return is still possible, his progress will depend on his pain tolerance. The Yankees are cautious about rushing LeMahieu back from this injury, as he was significantly hampered by a right foot issue in 2022. LeMahieu has been hitting in the batting cages, but the team does not want him to push too hard too soon.

“It’s added concern, which is why we’re not pushing it,” Boone said last Saturday, March 30. “It’s not something that he’s going to play through. He’s going to be 100 percent. I think the sense is that it should be, over time here, fine.”

In LeMahieu’s absence, Oswaldo Cabrera has started the Yankees’ first games of the season at third base. Cabrera has taken advantage of the opportunity, notching his first career four-hit performance in Friday’s 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

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